(Fat Brain $29.95)
Our tester family loved the sound of the jingly chime bells built into the round bottom bowl that rocks as toddlers experiment with this clever toy. Take a pin out—put a pin in and the sweet sounding bells tinkle. Put them in to stand tall or turn them over and the tall pins sink into the bowl, becoming ball-like bumps. Play a matching game—put the color pins into the matching holes in the bowl. Toddlers will like the feel of the easy to grasp patterned pins, each with a different pattern embossed at the base and top. Use these to press into play dough. Give the pins a spin on the floor...see how many you can get moving at once before your toddler grabs one. Keep in mind, toddlers love toys that run on repetition and this one matches that classic play pattern. No batteries needed—this is kid-activated and a great choice for sensory learning. 18 months and up.
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2020
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